Information for first time SARA Conference attendees

  • Digital cameras are not allowed on the NRAO bus tour of the big telescopes. This is because they cause interference. If you want to take pictures, you can bring a non-digital camera or buy one of the disposable cameras in the gift shop. You can use your digital cameras in limited areas.
  • Your cell phones will not work. The area in and around NRAO is an electronic “quiet zone”. If you bring a laptop, plan to turn off the wireless connection. NRAO has a specially shielded room where you can use a computer to check e-mails while you are there. If you stay in the NRAO dorm, you have hard line internet connection for your computer in your room.
  • The Jansky antenna is available to hook up to your Jove or other radio. The antenna cable is run upstairs in the Drake lounge at the dormitory. It is a good idea to bring some antenna connection adapters.
  • Gasoline cars are allowed into the main parking area, but are not allowed beyond the gate to the big telescopes. A limited number of diesel vehicles are available to drive to the big dishes. A limited number of bicycles are available for your use on the grounds as well. You are welcome to bring your own bicycle.
  • Bring closed-toe shoes. They are required if we are able to go on a tour of the big telescopes.
  • You might want to bring a lawn chair for the astronomy on the lawn in the evenings.